Roll7 have done a cracking job here, providing a fresh-looking, fast paced video game with tons of replayability. It’s slick, speedy, plays well and addictive and embraces the weird, wonderful and diverse side of skateboarding culture. This is a game all about going on a road trip with your friends, finding crazy spots, pulling mad tricks and skating everything in sight.
It is well worth another play, and will give you the better part of 20 hours of fun again. But be prepared, the newness of it lies within little tweaks here and there, rather than major changes and new gameplay. You’re ultimately playing the same games from yesteryear but now at the very peak of their powers.
Overall, this is the best day one first-person shooter of the year and will only evolve and improve more as the developers tweak it. You’ve an awesome open world to explore for the first time in the franchise and a top-level multiplayer suite to battle endlessly through during the cold winter months. Well done Xbox.
There’s a fair bit of texture popping in and out of scenes, load times can be quite long and sometimes the game can jar between cut-scenes. At worst that is a real distraction, however the story remains gripping enough that it never really ruins things for the player.
If you played the original and feel ‘done’ with it, there may not be enough big tweaks to bring you back for another go. But the upgrade price point is good and it’ll definitely appeal to those gamers who missed out on playing the original and now fancy jumping in on PS5